PL: Arsenal held as defiant Newcastle make their point


Arsenal title race has slipped as Newcastle held the Gunners to a 0-0 draw at Emirates stadium.

In what was a tempestuous encounter, Arsenal failed to score in a Premier League match for the first time in 17 games as they struggled to create quality chances against Eddie Howe’s men despite bossing possession.Arsenal’s frustrations raised further in injury-time as a late penalty appeal for a handball from Jacob Murphy wasn’t awarded by referee Andy Madley and VAR didn’t intervene.The result further strengthened Newcastle’s case for a top four finish as they defended their box expertly and protected their goalkeeper Nick Pope.Howe’smen remain the best defence in the Premier League this season, conceding just 11 goals and keeping 10 clean sheets.And it was the Toon that created the best opening in the match just before the break but Joelinton’s header from four yards somehow missed the target.Arsenal are now eight points clear of Manchester City, who play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night – live on Sky Sports. Newcastle remain third, one point off City.

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